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From Duncan, the Friendly Cabs CEO
We specialise in the safe transport of SEN (Special Educational Needs) students and adults and anyone with impairments or disabilities. Why? It’s simply our passion! My wife is an SEN teacher with over 30 years experience of working with SLD and PMLD SEN students.

Whilst most taxi companies struggle to appropriately accommodate special needs, Friendly Cabs embraces that privilege and we’ll do everything in our power to ensure that EVERYONE who travels with us leaves our taxis in a better place than when they alighted. Parents and carers are encouraged to contact us prior to any transportation and educate us as to how best we can make that trip as enjoyable and carefree as possible.

We are the only taxi company in the UK that specialises in SEN transport and the only taxi company fully accredited by Communication Access UK. We’re also the only taxi company, that we know of, with Makaton sign language trained drivers. I’m the main driver and I drive all of our SEN passengers. I’m Makaton Level 1 and Level 2 certified, and I’m also fully trained in “Autism Awareness” via the The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training in Learning Disability and Autism course run by Health Education England in conjunction with the NHS.

I love what I do and I trust that all our passengers know and feel that, as they safely travel with us daily.

Duncan – Friendly Cabs CEO

From Steff Gleeson, Headteacher at St. George’s SEN School, IOW
Friendly Cabs have supported a student at St. George’s to safely be transported home for 5 weeks. Friendly Cabs is exactly that, very friendly to the students and mindful of their additional needs. Duncan arrives in good time, ensuring that the student is not waiting and getting anxious. Communication between the school and Friendly Cabs have been excellent. Duncan has also gone above and beyond to wait with the student until their parent arrived home. 

This taxi company specialises in supporting people with additional needs, is very understanding and supportive, and actively builds positive relationships. Duncan is also trained in Makaton, which will support communication with a wider range of people with speech and language difficulties. As the Headteacher at St. George’s School, I thoroughly recommend Friendly Cabs.”

Tanya Louise – Private SEN Parent ★★★★★
“Duncan (owner of Friendly Cabs) transports my son for education and I would highly recommend. Before we started using his service, he sent us photos of himself, his car, asked about my sons preferences for journeys regarding things like talking, music etc, offered to meet him ahead of time to try and help reduce anxiety. He has gone out of his way to overcome problems with Red Funnel (ferry) cancellations (as he collects my son from the Red Jet twice per week). He’s punctual, reliable and keeps in communication. A real gem.”

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